3 hurt in Agusan ambush

MANILA, Philippines – An ambush staged by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Barangay Katipunan, Veruela, Agusan del Sur has left 3 people wounded, police said.

The victims were identified as SPO3 Venerando Madelo, PO1 Vergil Sabuero and tribal leader Datu Freddie Asuncion.

Police said a team from the Agusan del Sur Provincial Public Safety was attacked by armed men allegedly from the Guerilla Front-3 of NPA’s Southern Mindanao Regional Committee at around 1:50 p.m on Wednesday.

The cops fired back at the rebels, which resulted in a gunfight that lasted for 30 minutes.

No arrests were made as the rebels were able to escape after the encounter. —

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